S.F. Bay Area Census Resources
Historical Census Data
House votes to cut American Community Survey, Economic Census
From the U.S. Census Bureau:
Last week the House of Representatives passed a bill that contains the Census Bureau’s budget. We are receiving many questions from the press and stakeholders all across the country. In an effort to continue to be be responsive to these questions, we are providing editorials from the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, and a blog from the Washington Post.
U.S. Census Director's blog and videos: A Future Without Key Social and Economic Statistics for the Country
NY Times: The Beginning of the End of the Census?, May 19, 2012
Washington Post: The American Community Survey is a count worth keeping, May 15, 2012
Stats in Action Videos:
National Association of Home Builders Uses ACS Data
What is the Census?
A decennial census of the U.S. population has been taken since 1790, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution. The 2010 census was taken starting on April 1, 2010. Census results determine congressional district boundaries, reapportion seats in the House of Representatives, and affect the distribution of federal and state funds.
The Economic Census profiles the national and local economies every 5 years. Data for the 2007 Economic Census was first released on March 17, 2009.
How to Cite
Government Shutdown! Where can I find Census information?
"Due to the lapse in government funding, census.gov sites, services, and all online survey collection requests will be unavailable until further notice."
If you need U.S. Census statistics, we've put together some options for finding census information. Thanks to the government information librarians across the country who have contributed to this list!
LIMITED ACCESS TO Social Explorer database! Oct. 4-17/18
Oxford University Press and the Social Explorer team will open up access to Social Explorer<http://www.socialexplorer.com/> - the premier US Census demographics website - for the next two weeks. Social Explorer offers users Census data from 1790 to 2010 and American Community Survey data from 2005 to 2012.
For access to Social Explorer, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> to request a username and password.
From Marie Concannon, Government Documents Regional Coordinator, University of Missouri:
"The Missouri Census Data Center (MCDC) has mirrored quite a lot of Census Bureau data. Try it -- the American Community Survey Profiles are here: http://mcdc.missouri.edu/acs/profiles/menu.php All states are in the system - it's not just Missouri.
If you need older data, there's also 1990-2010 data for South Carolina that includes not only Census Bureau figures but also the IRS, the BEA and more. Go to this page and choose South Carolina from the drop-down menu: http://mcdc1.missouri.edu/cgi-bin/applinks/menu.py?sumlevel=040.
For power users, I like the American Community Survey Standard Profile Extract Assistant. The interface takes some time to learn but once you've mastered it, you can do some amazing data manipulation: http://mcdc.missouri.edu/cgi-bin/broker?_PROGRAM=websas.acsmcdcprofiles_extract_menu.sas&_SERVICE=appdev&st= "
For California statistics, go the the Demographic Research unit of the California Department of Finance. They have data from the American Community Survey, the 2010 Census, and the 2000 Census.
Phone: (415) 405-2517
Library Office: 420N
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